Draft Medical Marijuana Workgroup Recommendations
This four-page PDF document was published by Mikhail Carpenter of Washington State Liquor Control Board on October 21, 2013.
Mr. Carpenter provided the following explanation by way of e-mail post to the LCB-I502 listserv on the aforementioned date, with subject, "Three Agencies Release Draft Recommendations on Medical Marijuana":
"The three state agencies drafting proposed recommendations for regulating medical marijuana for the Liquor Control Board to consider sending to the Legislature today released a draft. Now there is an opportunity for the public to provide written comments.
"A proviso in Section 141 of the state operating budget directs the Liquor Control Board to work with the departments of Revenue and Health to develop recommendations for the Legislature regarding the interaction of medical marijuana regulations and the emerging recreational marijuana system. A workgroup, consisting of staff from the three agencies, has been working on draft recommendations since July.
"Per the budget proviso, the workgroup has prepared draft recommendations in eight categories that include possession amounts, medical marijuana authorizing requirements, taxation and other topics. If enacted, these recommendations will help provide patients with an adequate, safe and secure source of medical marijuana.
"Among the recommendations are developing a registry for patients and their designated providers, reducing the amount of marijuana qualified patients or designated providers may possess at one time and requiring patients to receive an in-person exam by a qualified health care provider before medical marijuana can be authorized. The recommendations reflect Washington State's commitment to address the concerns outlined by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in his August 2013 message to state leaders."